For all those about to buy windows...

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by OMGteh.nterweb, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. OMGteh.nterweb macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2006
    My friend just got a new intel mac. I went over to his house to view this fine quality device and the first thing i see is a Windows XP desktop. Now here's a guy who's been on Mac his whole life. I'm a guy who boots about 10 different OS's, OSX is my primary. I said "awesome, where'd you get the copy of windows?"

    "The store."

    "How much?"


    At that point I walked up to him and backhanded him. Never buy the retail version of Windows, always buy the OEM.

    The complete Windows XP Pro SP2 is available at for 139.99.

    Unrelated -- Does the Windows XP Media Center work on mac?
  2. weldon macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2004
    Denver, CO
    MCE 2005 OEM can be found on for even less. And yes, I believe that some people have got MCE working. Initially, it didn't install the MCE bits, but I think that has been resolved. Check or for the latest details.
  3. Timepass macrumors 65816

    Jan 4, 2005
    But with an OEM intstall you can not do an upgrade install. M$ does not offer tech support for it. (they provide updates and that is it). Oh and you are required to have to buy hardware with it. Unless you are buying hardware that you intend to use with the computer you are building it is illegal to OEM install of windows on anything but the with the hardware that was bought with it.
  4. iEdd macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2005
    Haha. Like my friend who still doesn't understand ebay and buys a computer for more than double RRP at some store. Doesn't understand computers either :p
    So he legally obtained windows why? ;)
  5. chasemac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2005
    In a house.

    Dang. You should just take his mac and call it a day.
  6. OMGteh.nterweb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2006
    Windows upgrades are always messy, leaving behind remnants that slow you down. Also, remember that we're on a mac form, nobody's upgrading here, it's a full install. As far as tech support goes, that's what the interweb is for, there's nothing that a MS rep. can answer that a google search can't. Besides, once again, we're talkin' mac here, I doubt MS is gonna help you install windows on your mac. Still all that doesn't matter since OEM comes with full support

    As far as the legality goes, it only has to be shipped with hardware, other than that, it's the same as any other copy of windows. You don't have to buy anything with it as TigerDirect doesn't really care, i've bought several copies of windows from them. You still have a COA label and full license. There’s a bit of twisting the law there, but MS can’t do anything about it.
  7. satans_banjo macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2005
    SE London
    There's nothing that an MS rep can answer at all. Trust me, before I switched MS tech support was one of my most dialed numbers and they never helped me with any of the problems. On the last call I made (about a virus) I just gave up and said "**** you lot, I'm buying a Mac"
  8. OMGteh.nterweb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2006
    Yeah, and see, you don't even need tech support, or a copy of Windows for that matter, to call and tell them that. In fact you we should all call them right now and say "**** YOU CRACKA!!!"

    Windows is a homogeneous mix of win and fail, Mac is purely win.
  9. wmmk macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2006
    The Library.
  10. nylon macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2004

    Even better product would be:

  11. paperinacup macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2005
    Dude you can buy almost anything for your computer thats hardware. I bought extra thumb screws and qualified last year. Just head out to Micro Center or Frys.
  12. DougTheImpaler macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2006
    Central Illinois
    Better yet, if you buy it from you automatically get a cable splitter for free.
  13. bennyek macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2002
    The O.C.
    Yeah I just got back from Frys where I bought a $7 NIC Card and got WINXP Home OEM for $99
    Not bad
    I do feel a little dirty buying windows though.
    NEED.... TO...TAKE.....SHOWER!!
  14. dbassett macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2005
    (XP) Xtra Problems on MAC

    We should all go buy stock in MS and hold it for about year while all us MAC users buy (XP) Xtra Problems. AT least we'd get something good out of it.
    Perhaps (XP) Xtra Patients!

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